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These erotic treats might not technically count as porn, but they’ll have the same effect.

Does Netflix have porn? Well, technically no. You won’t find the type of porn on Netflix that you’d see on Pornhub or Brazzers. But there are plenty of real sex scenes and nudity to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for soft porn or erotic movies, you can find plenty of unintentional Netflix porn.

Since the debut of cinema, people have been arguing over where the line between pornography and art begins and ends. There are countless films that thrive in that gray area, pushing the boundaries of decency in the name of storytelling. And, thanks to Netflix, you can watch many of them the comfort of your home.

Here are the sexiest porn movies on Netflix, broken into two categories for your viewing pleasures.

Porn on Netflix: The sexiest movies with unsimulated sex

These films feature real-life sex. Not people rubbing merkins on one another or bobbing their heads above laps. Actual real-life sex. One of the things you’ll notice on this list is the films with the most graphic content tend to be sad as hell. Apparently, frowning is one of the things that make a film art instead of a porn movie.

Love (2015)

Gaspar Noe’s controversial porno drama experiment is jarring, if only because you almost never see real sex shot this beautifully. It’s graphic, full of hardcore sex captured by the loving eye of Benoit Debie, the cinematographer from Spring Breakers. Originally released in 3D, the movie revolves around an American student and his French girlfriend, and the reverberations a threesome has on their relationship. Viewers could remove each ejaculation or penetration shot and still find a serviceable tale of complicated relationships. But make no mistake, Love is a full-on porn movie on Netflix.

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Nymphomaniac Vol 1 & Nymphomaniac Vol 2 (2013)

Lars von Trier’s controversial experimental drama about a woman with sex addiction is a deeply dark, soul-crushing film. Von Trier actually filmed real porn stars having sex, but then he digitally placed their genitals onto the bodies of actors like Charlotte Gainsbourg or Shia Labeouf. Lars von Trier is a brilliant filmmaker, but his movies are not for general audiences. No amount of sex could make this movie not sad.

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Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)

Of the films featuring unsimulated sex scenes on Netflix, Blue Is the Warmest Colour is easily the best. It’s a legitimately artistic film that features a slow-burn love story between two young women. Starting when our heroine Adéle is 15 and following her through the next decade as she chases an older woman named Emma, this three-hour-long drama is more than just a collection of graphic sex scenes: It’s a rumination on the complications of love that happens to earn its NC-17 rating.

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White Girl (2016)

College is a time for experimentation, and Leah is has been unleashed on the streets of New York. As she travels its streets searching for blow and physical pleasure, she finds love and tragedy in equal measures. This cautionary tale in the spirit of KIDS is occasionally harsh viewing, but its numerous sex scenes are explicit and hot. Trigger warning, there is a depiction of sexual assault in this film.

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A Perfect Ending (2012)

No one should go through life without orgasming, let alone a married person. Rebecca is middle-aged, living a privileged life of wealth but stuck in a loveless, sexless marriage. After confiding in two friends that she’s never even had an orgasm, Rebecca is advised to seek out the services of a call-girl named Paris. The two women form a bound that blossoms beyond their sexual encounters into a legitimate friendship, one that helps them both heal from past hurts before new ones arise to complicate their lives. A swirling romance with hot sex scenes and a healthy dose of drama, A Perfect Ending is a soapy pleasure for those seeking erotic drama.

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Fragments of Love (2016)

How do you handle your partner’s sexual past? Fragments of Love tries to explore that question with erotic, and occasionally, emotional stirring results. Rodrigo is a composer, plagued by his sense of perfectionism. That changes when he meets Susanna, a mysterious woman who inspires him artistically while also tormenting him with tales of her past sexual exploits. Examining male fragility with heaping helpings of sex scenes thrown in, Fragments of Love is an oddly pertinent film in the age of Tinder. What happens when you find the one and can’t deal with their past?

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Neon Bull (2015)

Iremar works an unglamorous job at the Vaquejadas, a Brazilian rodeo where men on horseback try to catch bulls by grabbing its tail. He’s gifted at caring for the animals, but Iremar dreams of becoming a great designer one day, leaving behind the bulls for carefully sewn patterns of cloth. Thanks to his friendship with an exotic dancer, Iremar finds a way to indulge is artistic desires, but as he sees a booming clothing industry begin to develop in Brazil, he longs for more. Neon Bull has a very loose narrative, focusing more on the characters’ hearts than their long-term story, but it also features the most erotic sex scene involving a pregnant woman in film history. We’ve included it here in the unsimulated sex section as a warning, due to one brief scene of animal husbandry. If you enjoy a slowly building character study along with your sex, Neon Bull will satisfy both of your desires.

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Sex and Lucia (2001)

Lucia works as a waitress in Madrid with her boyfriend Lorenzo. When he disappears and leaves a suicide note, she moves to a sparsely populated island to escape. There she meets two people, each running from their past and oddly connected to Lucia’s. Director Julio Medem shows remarkable control directing a story that’s complicated and jarring. Each of its many sex scenes are beautifully shot, genuinely erotic with attention paid to things like foreplay and consent. It even explores kink. But be warned: If you’re watching this movie for a thrill, keep in mind that the second half is very dark—Sex and Lucia is an occasionally sad film, punctuated moments of incredible lust and humor—but it’s worth finishing.

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Below Her Mouth (2016)

Arguably the first mumblecore adult film, Below Her Mouth is beautifully shot slice-of-life film about a passionate affair between two women and the ramifications it brings to their lives. The story isn’t necessarily original, but leads Natalie Krill and Erika Linder have a natural charisma that’s apparent even when you’re not watching the numerous sex scenes. Written and directed by women, Below Her Mouth is a change of pace from many of the explicit films you find on streaming services. Thanks to its passionate unsimulated masturbation and sex, there aren’t many movies hotter than this on Netflix.

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Netflix porn: The sexiest movies with simulated sex

These films don’t need to show you actual sex to push the boundaries of what’s allowed on the screen. Oddly enough these films tend to be way more fun than the films that are allowed to show actual sex.

Boogie Nights (1997)

Paul Thomas Anderson isn’t a name that inspires lusty thoughts, but his 1997 opus Boogie Nights is an exception. This epic revolves around the rise and fall of Dirk Diggler, a fictional ‘70s porn star modeled after the porn actor John Holmes. A film surrounding porn is bound to have some sex scenes, and Boogie Nights goes a great job of working them into the story without ever feeling like they’re just for the sake of it. Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore, and Paul Thomas Anderson all received Oscar nominations for the film, and the closing scene remains the stuff of legend.

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Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

Stanley Kubrick’s final film is a boundary-pushing examination of sex and trust within the confines of marriage, as well as one of the director’s best works. After an evening of drunken flirting at a party, a wealthy couple gets into a fight about how faithful they truly are to one another. When his wife admits to almost cheating on him once, Dr. William Harford leaves home, answering a business call and beginning a night of sexual awakening that puts his marriage, and life, at risk. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman were married at the time of filming, and Kubrick played with their real-life tensions around shooting sex scenes with other people to build their actual fights on screen. The results are harrowing. The final cut of Eyes Wide Shut was turned in four days before Kubrick’s death, leaving behind a masterwork of paranoid psychosexual drama. Originally given an NC-17 for its graphic sex, even the R-rated cut is steamy yet artistically satisfying watch.

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Newness (2017)

Newness plays with the concept of open relationships from a sweet, if not naive, point of view. Viewers follow a millennial couple who finds themselves in a rut after trying monogamy and decide to give other people a try. Surprisingly free of melodrama, Newness provides a compelling and raw story of the questions non-monogamy can raise.

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Rezeta (2012)

Rezeta is a surprising discovery on Netflix: an erotic movie that’s almost more of a love letter to a city than to sex. Rezeta, a beautiful Albanian model, lands in Mexico City for work and a little play. Amid the glamour and parties, she meets several men, each showing her a different side of her latest home’s culture. Beautifully shot on location, Rezeta is an unexpectedly romantic film that explores perception, expectations, and masculinity. While the sex isn’t unsimulated, you’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise. Fans of character studies and sensual sex scenes take note.

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Room in Rome (2010)

A Room in Rome may not feature specifically unsimulated sex, but it’s easily the sexiest film on this list. Equal parts erotic comedy and mildly pretentious art film, this film tells the story of two women having a one-night stand with one another. Between rounds, in bed, the women slowly tell each other about their respective life stories, but the question remains if their stories are as fleeting as their one-night stand. Beautifully directed by Julio Medem, this is the film is far better than its late-night cable premise would lead you to believe.

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Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

This erotic comedy is a coming-of-age story that centers around two young men on a road trip with a sexually liberated and unmarried woman. Along the way, there might be some graphic sex. Starring a young Gael Carcia Bernal and directed by Children of Men and Gravity’s Alfonso Cuaron, there’s a great deal of emotional depth to be found in this odd tale of personal growth. Swinging wildly from gross-out humor to erotic drama to a tale of two boys becoming men, it’s hard to pin the film down. Still, the incredible direction and brilliant acting by the three main leads come highly recommended.

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Summertime (2015)

This romantic lesbian drama almost sounds like a parody of French art films. In 1971, Carole, a Paris-based Spanish teacher and feminist, falls in love with Delphine, the daughter of two rural farmers. When Delphine returns home to care for her sick father, Carole follows her, bringing with her a new set of problems for the couple. The sex scenes are tender and passionate, with ample nudity thrown in throughout, but that’s secondary to the surprisingly beautiful story. This material could easily get heavy-handed, but director Catherine Corsini, who also wrote the script with Laurette Polmanss, has crafted a love story worth remembering long after you stop looking for nudity on Netflix.

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Lazy Eye (2016)

In this subtle love story, a graphic designer meets up with his former lover for a long weekend after not seeing one another for 15 years. The two men journey to a beautiful home in Joshua Tree, California, hoping the desert heat will help them discover if perhaps there’s still more life left in their abandoned relationship. With a slow-burning passion that finally ignites into highly erotic sex, Lazy Eye is a surprisingly tender film in the romance genre.

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The Art of Loving (2017)

The Art of Loving tells the important story of feminist and sexual health icon Michalina Wislocka. A gynecologist and sexologist living under Communist rule in Poland, her work on topics like the sexual needs of lonely people and contraception was censored due to its subject matter. With Oscar-worthy cinematography and legitimately sensual sex scenes, The Art of Loving honors the work of its subject by both informing and supporting your sexual desires all at once.

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Carol (2015)

Carol is an erotic movie on Netflix for viewers who don’t want to sacrifice art for smut. Nominated for six Oscars, including best actress (Cate Blanchett) and best supporting actress (Rooney Mara), Carol has a pedigree unlike anything else on this list. Following the developing relationship between a young photographer and an older woman in the 1950s, Carol’s erotic moments are sparse but intense.

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Desire (2017)

There’s nothing like a trashy fantasy to get the juices flowing, and Desire is as trashy as they come. Lucia and Ofelia might be sisters, but their relationship has been badly damaged for seven years. Finally meeting again to celebrate Lucia’s wedding, things seem like they could heal, until Ofelia meets Lucia’s husband and new sparks begin to fly. Graphic and darkly funny, Desire is an unconventional fantasy, but sometimes those are the hottest ones.  

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Porn on Netflix: The sexiest movies to watch

Long Nights, Short Mornings (2016)

Long Nights, Short Mornings is a complex character study that examines an anchorless single man in New York who falls from one lover’s bed to the next without ever building a connection. James is selfish, taking comfort and energy from the women he picks up before leaving them. The sex we see if hot but often coupled with the immediate reality of how fleeting its meaning is. Long Nights, Short Mornings doesn’t glamorize James, but it doesn’t punish him either, leaving it up to the viewer to decide how they feel about his empty conquest. (It also boasts an incredible soundtrack from Redding Hunter.)

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Spread (2009)

Ashton Kutcher plays Nicki, a Los Angeles gigolo who jumps from bed to bed to pay his bills, pulling the odd grift when he needs to. Life is perfect until Nicki develops feelings for a waitress and his past becomes an issue. Spread’s plot is ridiculous but surprisingly funny, even if you see the twists coming. It also features far more graphic sex scenes than you’d expect from a film like this.

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Magic Mike (2012)

Loosely based on the real-life story of Channing Tatum’s stripper days (seriously), Magic Mike is a hysterically funny, brash, erotic drama with enough flesh for folks of all persuasions. Rarely is graphic sexuality so evenly handled, with plenty of eye candy for men and women alike. Of course, focusing on the sex does a profound disservice to Magic Mike. It’s better than you’d expect, overflowing with heart, great performances, and incredible choreography. Put aside your preconceived notions and throw a single dollar bill at your Netflix for Magic Mike.

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She’s Gotta Have It (1986)

Spike Lee’s feature-length debut, She’s Gotta Have It, is a sex comedy ahead of its time, especially in light of today’s widespread resurgence of non-monogamy. Nola Darling is a young, beautiful Brooklyn native who is currently dating three separate men, refusing each one’s requests for commitment. Nola enjoys her freedom, but her suitors have other ideas. She’s Gotta Have It is a wildly important to film to American indie cinema, but beyond that, it’s a genuinely sexy examination of romantic autonomy in the modern world. With erotic sex scenes and beautiful black-and-white photography, She’s Gotta Have It is a piece of cinema history you’ll have a lovely time viewing.

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Blush (2015)

Naama Barash escapes from trouble at home like many teens do, by partying with their friends. With her parents fighting and her sister joining the Israeli army, drugs and alcohol become a safe haven. When a new girl named Dana shows up at school Naama falls deeply in love for the first time, but their romance must face societal prejudice and the closed minds of their families. Tender, jarring, and absurdly hot for one scene, Blush is a delightfully powerful international romance.

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Kiss Me (2011)

Based loosely on writer and co-star Josefine Tengblad’s real-life coming out story, Kiss Me is a gorgeous but complicated romance. Mia is a young straight woman engaged to be married, and positive she’s in love. That is, until she meets her new stepmother’s lesbian daughter. Suddenly entangled in an affair that makes her question her entire existence, Mia is forced to choose between the life she knows and the desires that burn in her heart.

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Tulip Fever (2017)

In 17th century Amsterdam an orphaned girl named Sophia passes her days in a loveless arranged marriage to a rich merchant named Cornelis. When her husband commissions a painting of Sophia, she meets Jan. Beginning an affair with the struggling artist, Sophia decides their only hope of escape is entering the exploding tulip bulb market. Set against the backdrop of the bizarre, yet true, Dutch Tulip Mania, Tulip Fever could lose the sex and be worth your time. The hot love scenes are just a bonus.

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The Model (2016)

Breaking into modeling is a brutal job, even for the beautiful. When Emma arrives in Paris from her home in Denmark, her career seems to be off to a great start, but a when she strikes up an affair with a photographer, things become more complicated. This erotic movie on Netflix features some beautifully shot sex scenes and solid performances by Maria Palm and Ed Skrein in the leading roles. The Model is also a rare film that features equal opportunity male and female nudity, a refreshing change of pace from many graphically sexual films. Even if the plot doesn’t grab you, stick around for the pool scene. You’ll thank us.

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Sin City (2005)

The last legitimately great movie Robert Rodriguez made before going on an unfortunate run of movies nobody was interested in. In adapting Frank Miller’s graphic novel, Rodriguez found the perfect outlet. It allowed him his technical indulgences (the use of green screen is particularly noteworthy) and the anthology style approach helped focus his increasing shortening attention span. The result was revolutionary at the time and is still the gold standard a decade later. —Eddie Strait

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How to find porn on Netflix

There’s even more Netflix porn out there. You just have to do a little digging to find it. The easiest way to do so is by using the Netflix secret code list. This list has been circulating for a couple of years now, and it helps you filter movies by different categories. You can find the most recent list linked above. It turns out there are more than 60 genres that involved the word “steamy.” Granted “steamy” doesn’t always translate to “porn on Netflix,” but the ones copied below will be your best bet.

  • Critically Acclaimed Steam Independent Dramas: 113
  • Steamy Romantic Movies: 35800
  • Steamy Thrillers: 972
  • Steamy Biographical Dramas: 2333
  • Steamy Coming-of-Age Movies 3239
  • Steamy Crime Movies: 993
  • Steamy Independent Movies: 2223
  • Steamy Dramas: 794
  • Steamy Cult Movies: 3199

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Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance. 

John-Michael Bond

John-Michael Bond

John-Michael Bond is a tech reporter and culture writer for Daily Dot. A longtime cord-cutter and early adapter, he's an expert on streaming services (Hulu with Live TV), devices (Roku, Amazon Fire), and anime. A former staff writer for TUAW, he's knowledgeable on all things Apple and Android. You can also find him talking about religion each week on the Who’s Your God podcast and performing standup comedy in Los Angeles.

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